Fairwinds: Interesting Facts and excerpts
This page will contain information that appears relevant, interesting or
curious. Or facts that do not seem to fit in with everything else. While I
enter all facts in good faith, I cannot guarantee their veracity. Where
possible, I will include the source or link.
Peter Micciche has become an expert on
the history and people of Harpswell. This is what he said as quoted by the
Press Herald on November 23, 2003.
"This is not the first time there has been a (split) in the town, but in
the past the town has always been able to work it out," said Micciche, who
has been reading about the evolution of Bailey Island and the controversy
that surrounded the construction of the Cribstone Bridge that connects it
to Orr's Island. "It just goes to show that residents are very passionate
about what happens in Harpswell. In the end, people have always shook
hands and made up."
50% of the people who work in Harpswell, work in a fishing
The note on the Parkwood Inn's (on Rte 24) welcoming sign read, "Fair
winds and following seas." I wonder if they know how dangerous
following seas can be.
There are 30 proposed LNG terminals or the U.S. in process today.
About a half are in the Gulf Coast.
Economically, the Northeast is the best site for
new plants because of cheaper transatlantic shipping costs and the reduced
need to transport gas to the region from production sites via pipelines
from the Gulf Coast.
Two plants have been proposed for Massachusetts
and another two for the Canadian east coast.
Former Selectman George Swallow did not
learn about the ING Terminal until September 18, 2003 - the same day as everyone
else. If the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen did not know about the
deal last March (2003), who did know??
comments 10/2 and
FAQ question #2
I think I remember Selectmen Weil saying it was
Fairwinds who wanted a speedy vote, even more speedy than December 16.
According to the Anchor, it was the Selectmen who were
in a hurry to have a vote to keep the "public on a tight string."
Selectman Knight said he wanted to have the vote before organizations
like Audubon could come in.